Re: Anyone using green Pierco drone frames for varroa control?
I use them on my hives. I pull them every 3 weeks. I only have space for freezing 5 frames at a time. What I do is remove them from 5 of my hives into a carboard nuc. I put the nuc in the freezer when I get home. The next day I do the same to the remaining hives. I only have 9 at this point and it could will eventually become a bottleneck in my plans as I expand.
When I don't want to use them any more (during heavy flow) I put them in the 1 or 10 position when I'm putting a frozen frame back in there. I normally have it in the 3 or 7 position. They will still empty it out, I scratch off the cappings and shake out as many dead drones as I can before I replace the frame. Normally they will fill it with honey at that point. If it's before winter I'll pull the frame once full of honey for a spring boost. Because I know when I put that frame back I don't have drone emerging before I expected them in early Spring. It's that first 2 or 3 frames of drone brood (6 - 9 weeks) that can keep the overall mite numbers low until after flow when I start using the frames again for Fall.
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